Manitoba libraries: Books and so much more

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One of the first things you should get as a newcomer is a library card. If you are in Winnipeg, you can start your application here, or go to this directory if you are in a different region.

In Manitoba, libraries have evolved beyond places where you can read a book – they are hubs for community activities, events (anything from crafts to robotics!), and training programs (such as English as Second Language training and resources). These activities can help you become more familiar with your new surroundings, build contacts, and learn strategies and skills that you need to ease your settlement experience. Libraries also have facilities such as study rooms, computers, wireless internet connection, software and apps, copiers, printers, and fax machines that you can use for your studies or job-hunting activities.

Visit one today!

If you haven’t yet, it would be good to visit your local library or the Millennium Library (if you’re in downtown Winnipeg) to familiarize yourself with the various services they offer. You can book a tour or take a self-guided tour to know the resources available to you and learn how to look for the information you need at the library. If you are unable to physically be at the Millennium Library, you can try their virtual tour. Download the “At the Library” newsletter (on the front page of the Winnipeg Public Library website) to know the upcoming events and programs that you can join.

Of course, the library is primarily the best source for the newest books and references, both for learning and enjoyment. You can visit your nearest library to browse the collection or go online to check, reserve or borrow books. Manitoba Libraries also has the eLibraries Manitoba project which allows you to directly borrow and download ebooks or audiobooks if you are a patron of a participating library.

Other amazing resources:

  • lyndalibrary –This is a great resource for lifelong learning. You can access videos to learn anything from photography to 3D animation using your Winnipeg Public Library card.
  • Canadian newsstand – Allows you to access full-text newspaper content (going back to 2006) from major dailies.
  • Hoopla digital – This allows you to borrow and download free movies, music and audiobooks using your library card.
  • Naxos Music database –Your library card opens up access to more than 100,000 albums from the database.
  • Mango Languages – Use this tool to learn 63 new languages
  • Past Forward – Gain access to an extensive collection of scanned archival materials such as postcards, posters, images and text to learn more about Winnipeg’s history.

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Community Resources

You can get in touch with your local library through these links:

Manitoba Public Library System
Western Manitoba Regional Library – includes Brandon Public Library, Carberry/North Cypress Library,
Neepawa Public Library,Glenboro/South Cypress Library, Hartney/Cameron Public Library.
South Central Regional Library– services Morden, Winkler, Altona, Miami.
South Interlake Regional Library – covers the Town of Stonewall, Town of Teulon, R.M. of Rosser, R.M. of Rockwood.
Lakeland Regional Library – services Kilarney-Turtle Mountain & Cartwright-Roblin
Lac du Bonnet Library– for the Town of Lac du Bonnet, R.M. of Lac du Bonnet, and R.M. of Alexander (Bird River Area).
Evergreen Regional Library – includes Gimli, Arborg, Riverton
Allard Library (Bibliothèque Allard Regional Library)– services Pine Falls – Powerview, R.M. of Alexander, R.M. of Victoria Beach and surrounding areas

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